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|Dhananjaya de Silva||84||66||8||3||127.27|
|Faf du Plessis||10||14||0||0||71.43|
|Quinton de Kock||2||8||0||0||25.00|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||5.0||0||32||0||6.40|
For the second time in the series, the Proteas successfully chased down the total, this time under lights though, to hand Sri Lanka second loss of the series. Sri Lanka will be fighting for their survival in the series as the two teams meet at Pallekele to play the third ODI of the series on 5th August 2018.
Batting first, Sri Lanka once against lost the match in the first half as they failed to put up a competitive total on a good batting surface. Upul Tharanga got out while playing an irresponsible shot off Lungi Ngidi while Kusal Mendis fell over trying to force a flick of the same bowlers.
Unlike the first match, Sri Lanka were rather cautious after losing the first two wickets as Niroshan Dickwell steadied the ship with counter-attacking cricket. The hosts were going at around seven an over after the end of the first six. Andile Phehlukwayo and Mulder then combined well to strangle Sri Lanka which led to a wicket, of Kusal Perera.
Dickwell played well and scored an excellent fifty just when the team required. Angelo Mathews chipped in with a rather sedate innings as Sri Lanka were never able to catch up with the run rate. They could score only 51 runs in the final 10 overs which meant that the Proteas had an easy target to chase for the second time in the series.
WU Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis , Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara.
Chase could have been tricky for South Africa had Sri Lankan fielder held onto the chances Amla and de Kock presented them in the first few overs. They both, however, did not repeat the mistakes and provided South Africa with a solid start.
Amla looked to be getting back into the form as played a run a ball knock of 43 - his best in the series so far. Aiden Markram continued his dismal tour as he was caught at slip soon after. De Kock and du Plessis both fell short of their respective milestones as they perished for 87 and 49 respectively. David Miller once again failed to do anything substantial as he edged a harmless delivery through to the keeper.
JP Duminy played a useful knock to bring the Proteas close to the victory, but he too got out in an attempt to go for the glory. Mulder and Phehlukwayo played responsible cameos at the end to guide South Africa home and go 2-0 up in the series.
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, PWA Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi.
Chasing has yielded better results in the first two matches and we expect the captains of both sides to field first after winning the toss.
It's expected to be a cloudy day at Pallekele with chances of thunderstorms. The pitch is likely to be similar to what it was in the first two matches. Considering the fact that Duckworth-Lewis method might come into the picture, captain winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Unlike the test series, the visitors have looked comfortable against Sri Lanka on similar kind of surfaces. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have played irresponsibly and have committed mistakes which are rare to see at this level. Barring Aiden Markram, South Africa's batsmen did not appear to be too uncomfortable against spin. They have been a better side in the first two matches of the series and are better placed to win the third match and seal the series.